Ronald Reagan once said, "Latinos are Republicans, they just don't know it yet."
More Jeff Bell: "Maybe that's politically incorrect to repeat in 2014. But I do agree with the premise behind [Reagan's] assertion: if the Republican Party makes the case to them, Hispanics will vote GOP."Here's the problem. Many Latin American countries are run by heavy welfare state, socialist governments which deliberately induce dependence to foster control. There is no reason, none whatsoever, for naturalized Latin Americans accustomed to socialist government programs in their countries of origin to come here and seek to work for what they used to get for free over there. Those countries produce migrants who overwhelmingly seek out government assistance, are uneducated and unskilled. There are exceptions in every migrant group, but remember: The exceptions never prove the rule.
Bell: "But they do have a problem now. Our party has been unwelcoming. Republican members in Congress have refused to consider a path to legalization for those who came here illegally over the years or an expanded guest worker program that is open to low-skilled workers, not just Ph.D.'s. President Reagan tried to solve this problem in 1986, but the law he signed that year left out access for immigrants who want to come here and work temporarily without becoming citizens. It's led to the crisis we have today of millions of people who came from Mexico and elsewhere and simply stayed because neither the law -- which actually makes it a misdemeanor -- nor our border security encourage people to come here the right way."
Bell: "I like Rush Limbaugh and have been interviewed by him on other topics, but I have to say that I fundamentally disagree with his assertion that those who immigrate here from Mexico are registered Democrats in waiting. Hispanics in the U.S. have the highest rate of business creation among all ethnic groups -- and more than double the national rate."
Bell: "Moreover, they tend to share conservatives' beliefs that life begins at conception and marriage is composed of a husband and a wife."
Bell: "They are as good a prospect at voting Republican as any immigrants to America from anywhere in the world."
Bell: "If elected, I'm headed to the U.S. Senate to fight for a comprehensive immigration reform plan that includes a generous, market-based guest worker program so we don't repeat the crisis that stems from 1986. I'll fight against the special interests like Big Labor to get this done. As we achieve success, I believe Hispanic voters will move toward the GOP. Immigration may rank for many of them relatively low in a poll of issue priorities, but our party's stance on it has served as a barrier for them to consider the rest of our agenda that would appeal to Hispanics."